Summary

  • I have a broad range of communication skills; including writing, editing, training, video production, design and strategic planning;
  • Through my focuses at university, I harness a strong understanding of the cultural, social and economic challenges faced by minority groups, particularly Indigenous Australians;
  • My employment history has seen extensive experience in minority audience communication, across communities in the Asia-Pacific region and Africa, as well as Aboriginal Australia;
  • This requires a well-developed sense of cultural sensitivity, as well as the ability to disseminate information in creative and unconventional ways;
  • I am particularly adept at building sustainable relationships with stakeholders, liaising professionally to build lasting networks with relevant professionals. 

Awards and Achievements

2011

Received formal training in Abode Photoshop, Adobe In-Design, Adobe Acrobat, Website Accessibility, Sharepoint, Social Media, Speech Writing and Writing for the Web

2010 

Recipient of the University of Canberra Medal, awarded to the highest achieving Honours student in the Communications and Arts Faculty

Awarded First Class Honours for dissertation, A Failure in the Symbiosis of Media Democracy: the framing of the Little Children are Sacred Report in the Australian

2009

Recipient of the Australian Press Council Award for Journalism, awarded to the highest achieving third-year student in Journalism

Recipient of the Dean’s Excellence Award, awarded to students maintaining a GPA of 85 per cent or above

2007/08 

Recipient of the Dean’s Excellence Award, awarded to students maintaining a GPA of 85 per cent or above

2005             

Graduated from Narrabundah College with a UAI of 94.6 per cent

Received highest-ever recorded grade for Sociology unit, 101.5 per cent 

Work History

Work History
Jun 2011 - Present

Media Advisor to the Panel for the Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Ethos CRS Consulting

Working as a media advisor to the Panel, I develop sustainable relationships with stakeholders, the media and Indigenous communities to promote Constitutional change. I have been involved in the development and roll-out of the Panel’s Communications Strategy, detailing public promotion through the media, the website, events and media releases. My primary focus is to facilitate conversations with an audience ranging from remote to urban, young to old, educated to uninformed. My duties include:

  • Creating a media network of newspapers, radio and television stations across Australia to promote the Panel’s work, communicating via media releases and updates;
  • Organizing promotional events and harboring relationships with NGOs working for Indigenous community development, such as Reconciliation Australia, the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience and Youth Connections;
  • Delegating between Panel members and the media both face-to-face at public consultations and through secondary communication to facilitate engagement;
  • Developing and briefing the Panel in strategic media management, involving media training for members in response to Panel developments. 
Jul 2010 - Present

Communications Officer

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

As a Communications Officer for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), I help deliver a communications strategy that aligns with the Centre’s mission of enhancing livelihoods in the Asia-Pacific region and Africa. ACIAR empowers communities to respond to social and cultural challenges by increasing access to services and information for improved work, education and lifestyle practices. My duties include:

  • Writing media releases and articles for display on the organizations’ website and magazine, Partners, as well as for various other external stakeholders;
  • Producing promotional material such as advertisements, videos, brochures and e-newsletters using programs such as Adobe In-Design, Photoshop and Premiere;
  • Publishing content on the website and managing the internal intranet system, requiring extensive knowledge of information management systems;
  • Assisting with the tabling and roll-out of the Communications Strategy, Social Media Strategy, Corporate Plans and key documents like the Annual Report and Annual Operational Plan.

Education

Education
Jan 2010 - Dec 2010

Bachelor of Journalism (Honours)

University of Canberra

My honours thesis was dual method content analysis of the representation of Indigenous affairs in print media. It employed grounded theory techniques to compare the contents of the Little Children are Sacred report, released in 2007, against the salience of issues in The Australian national newspaper. I am currently re-writing my thesis for publication by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. 

Feb 2007 - Dec 2009

Bachelor of Journalism

University of Canberra

Throughout my degree, I excelled in print, radio and television media. In my third year, I chose to focus on print and online media, and was presented with the Australian Press Council Award for my achievements. In my third and final year, I was also the sub-editor of the University of Canberra Magazine, CUrio. 

References

References

Meg Dixon-Child

Warren Page